Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai)

‘At ₹11,229 cr, Maha stands second in fresh investment­s’

AMONG ALL STATES Report says Tamil Nadu tops list with 17 Mous in April-june period

- Tanushree Venkatrama­n tanushree.venkatrama­n@htlive.com

MUMBAI:DURING the three months of nationwide lockdown, Maharashtr­a gained fresh investment worth ₹11,229 crore, making it second among the top 10 states in the country to invite fresh investment, a report released in July reveals. Tamil Nadu, which recently signed 17 memorandum­sofunderst­anding(mous)in May, ranked first in the list.

According to the report released by Projects Today, a project monitoring organisati­on based in Mumbai, 1,241 new projects were announced between April and June in the country, with an investment of ₹97,859 crore. “During the similar period a year ago, the country had seen announceme­nt of 2,500 new projects worth ₹3,86,673 crore,” the report states.

In June, under Magnetic Maharashtr­a 2.0, the state signed 12 Mous with companies from Singapore, South Korea and the

United States of America. Maharashtr­a is followed by Uttar Pradesh, which announced 167 new projects and an investment of ₹8,867 crore. Other states in the top 10 include Jammu and Kashmir,

Jharkhand, Telangana, Gujarat, Odisha, Andhra Pradesh and Manipur.

Shashikant Hegde of Projects Today said, “Though most of the new projects announced are of the Central and state government­s, there are a few private projects also, which is a positive sign considerin­g the country was under lockdown since March 2020.”

MUMBAI:A day after Telugu poet and activist P Varavara Rao, arrested in the Elghar Parishad case, was moved out of Taloja jail to Sir JJ Hospital for a medical evaluation, his family fears that authoritie­s might show a report claiming his health to be normal just before his bail plea is scheduled for hearing before the Bombay high court (HC) on Friday. The family on Tuesday released a statement pleading for that 81-year-old Rao be kept in hospital till he completely recovers and not to discharge him in a hurry. The statement said, “Rao was shifted to JJ Hospital from Taloja jail on Monday afternoon. Till midnight he was undergoing various tests in different medical department­s. Even at that time, hospital officials reportedly said he was brought in for evaluation only and did not confirm whether he was going to be admitted. Since the results of the reports might take a couple of days, he may be retained in hospital, according to the available informatio­n after midnight.”

The family alleged that authoritie­s did not provide any informatio­n officially to them on Rao’s health even when he was taken to hospital. “Though it was mandatory to inform family about these developmen­ts, either government or jail, police, hospital authoritie­s did not provide any official informatio­n to the family,” read their statement.

On May 28, Rao was taken to hospital after he fell unconsciou­s and was discharged on June 1. The family alleged that Rao’s discharge was not proper, so as to obstruct his bail plea. “He was not normal at the time of discharge. While the sodium normal range is 134-145, he attained only 133 and when the potassium normal range is 3.5 to 5.0, he attained only 3.55, according to the hospital’s discharge summary.

But, later on June 2, it was proved that all this — admission in hospital, getting a normal report, getting him discharged — was part of a conspiracy by the police. June 2 was the date of hearing of his bail applicatio­n on health grounds in the [National Investigat­ion Agency] NIA special sessions court and police argued against his bail, showing this hospital’s “normal” report. The judge accepted that and refused bail on June 26,” read the statement, expressing fear that the authoritie­s might repeat the same this time.



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